Elementary-school students need ample time for recess and scheduled "brain breaks," asserts Lori Koerner, a principal at Tremont Elementary School in New York state. In this commentary, she shares that students in her own school balance academics with 50 minutes of recess daily, formal yoga instruction and more breaks to help students refocus -- all while increasing instructional time.
A Kentucky school district will require all students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades to submit content and defend a portfolio of their work to prepare for transitions in their academic careers. Chief academic officer Carmen Coleman says the program will enhance student performance with quality projects for submission to their digital backpack portfolios.
Some schools are tracking the words students type on school computers using safety management platforms, including Gaggle, Securly, and GoGuardian. The use of platforms, however, has raised questions about how to balance school safety and students' privacy.
Matthew Utterback, the 2017 National School Superintendent of the Year, credits a professional development program for helping to bridge the racial achievement gap in his Oregon school district. Utterback says he made the Coaching for Education Equity training program mandatory for all district leaders six years ago, which focuses on equity and dialogue.
Routine practice and drilling can help improve student achievement in math, according to Paul Morgan, the director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research at Pennsylvania State University. In this commentary, he shares his research that shows how teacher-directed instruction can help students learn more.
High-school students with special needs in Michigan worked what for some was their first summer job in maintenance, landscaping and other fields through a program by the Superior Alliance for Independent Living and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Students can use this experience on resumes to get jobs and to learn about potential job paths.
A third-grade teacher in Indiana has adopted a flexible seating arrangement for her classroom, after months of research on the approach. Breanne Rainey said her research showed the benefits of flexible seating models, as well as the need to retain some traditional seating options for students.
Juniors and seniors at an Indiana high school are working to improve their school and community by developing and launching community service projects, with ideas including recycling, gardening and fundraisers. As part of an immersive class, students are learning critical thinking skills while determining how to fill a community need, public speaking to pitch their ideas and project management.
Incoming freshmen at Howard University in Washington, D.C., were recently reminded of their civic duty to vote as they moved into campus dorms and began to settle into college life. Handouts were available for students to learn how to register to vote in the District of Columbia and how to cast absentee ballots for elections for students who are registered elsewhere.
The school nutrition and transportation departments in a Georgia district are piloting a new literacy program. Words will be posted on school buses and in cafeterias to help students identify hundreds of words by sight by the end of the third grade.
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